POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Obama vs Boehner … it’s really no contest … Obama draws Republicans into taking the lead on entitlement specifics and Boehner says “so be it” to huge job losses to be caused by Republican’s ill-advised budget cuts … if this continues, it will be on to 2012 and huge Democratic victories!

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 17, 2011

 

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Glenn Thrush writes for Politico (2/16/11) …

  • on Monday when he presented his budget the president conspicuously avoided addressing entitlements, despite citing them as the country’s major fiscal problem.
  • With Obama refusing to offer his own plan for entitlements, congressional Republicans — as the president noted — rushed in to fill the vacuum.
  • “I was glad to see yesterday Republican leaders say, ‘How come you didn’t talk about entitlements?’” said Obama at his news conference Tuesday, repeatedly rebuffing reporters’ attempts to get him to offer his own entitlement reforms. “I think that’s progress.”
  • And, in fact, Republican leaders have ruefully agreed to unveil their own list of “significant, not around-the-edges” reforms, according to a GOP aide.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/49613.html

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Patrick O’Connor writes in the Wall Street Journal (2/16/11) …

  • House Speaker John Boehner expressed little sympathy Tuesday for federal workers who lose their jobs as the result of Republican budget cutting.
  • “In the last two years, under President Obama, the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs,” Mr. Boehner told reporters Tuesday morning during a press conference in the lobby of the Republican National Committee, according to various news outlets. “If some of those jobs are lost, so be it. We’re broke.”
  • Republicans in the House are considering legislation on the floor this week that seeks to slash $62 billion from the federal budget by the end of September. Those reductions – which face significant resistance in the Democratically controlled Senate – would result in drastic reductions at just about every federal agency.
  • Republicans campaigned on the promise to cut federal spending in the run-up to the 2010 election. That pledge, if enacted, will inevitably result in job losses at the federal and state level.
  • Mr. Boehner’s “so be it” line marks a coarse reversal from his more sympathetic “Where are the jobs?” mantra from the last election.

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/02/15/boehner-so-be-it-if-us-workers-are-laid-off/

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LMW COMMENT …

It has taken John Boehner less than a month to lose control of the House to the tea party blowhards whose ridiculous approach to government will, in my judgment, provide the basis for huge Democratic election victories in 2012. How can anyone support tax cuts to the wealthy while cutting the jobs of the middle class? That’s no-win politics.

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2 Responses to “* Obama vs Boehner … it’s really no contest … Obama draws Republicans into taking the lead on entitlement specifics and Boehner says “so be it” to huge job losses to be caused by Republican’s ill-advised budget cuts … if this continues, it will be on to 2012 and huge Democratic victories!”

  1. Chris said

    “Tea party blowhards” is a rather miss guided judgment to take on a group of citizens.
    “Ridiculous approach to government” How is fiscal responsibility and promoting individual freedom and rights ridiculous? “No-win politics” is to continue to refuse to accept the reality of doomed policies and government actions.

  2. Randy Becker said

    PUT UP or . . . .

    There are three modes for a President to go in times when rampant ideologues are attempting to subvert the democratic process:

    1) Submit a budget as if they are not there, and then gird for a fight.

    B) Submit a budget mindful of their presence, provides some accommodation to their issues, and then prepare to have to negotiate everything.

    III) Submit a budget which puts the budgeting choices into their court, and then get on with governing the country.

    Obviously, in the first two options, the energy flow is all away from the President and into the dissidents. In the third option, the energy flow is through the President and into the country, leaving the ideologues un-energized (actually de-energized).

    Obama knows what he is doing, and the Republicans have such poor leadership that they soon will be have to be feeding totally off their own, splintered energy. Come 2012, the country will be enlivened by the President while an anemic House can’t even find its own identity.

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